Ian Bruce, executive coordinator of the Peninsula Streams Society, points towards the pond created by Reay Creek Dam. It is not clear yet whether Sidney will be able to coordinate renovation of the dam with plans by the federal government to remediate the pond. Sidney has scheduled an open public house for Jan. 30 at Greenglade Community Centre to provide an update. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ian Bruce, executive coordinator of the Peninsula Streams Society, points towards the pond created by Reay Creek Dam. It is not clear yet whether Sidney will be able to coordinate renovation of the dam with plans by the federal government to remediate the pond. Sidney has scheduled an open public house for Jan. 30 at Greenglade Community Centre to provide an update. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney to host open house to update residents on Reay Creek Dam project

Final designs for the project are expect in April

An open house scheduled for next month will update Sidney residents on a local dam.

Greenglade Community Centre will host a public open house Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. to update the public about the Reay Creek Dam Project.

Sidney had first announced in November that it would hold the information session as council approved the hiring of Kerr Wood Leidal to design the dam renovation at a cost of $174,500.

Council had earlier approved plans to renovate Reay Creek Dam in place. Transport Canada acknowledged earlier that its past activities on nearby Victoria International Airport had contaminated the pond created by the dam and is promising to clean it up. But it is not clear yet whether Transport Canada will coordinate its remediation work with Sidney’s renovation work.

RELATED: Sidney councillor accuses Ottawa of being uncooperative over Reay Creek Dam

RELATED: Sidney to renovate Reay Creek dam in place

RELATED: Reay Creek pond remediation delayed to limit impacts on wildlife

Ian Bruce, executive coordinator of the Peninsula Streams Society, said doing both projects simultaneously would have financial as well as environmental benefits because the pond created by the dam would only have to be drained once. But these benefits might hinge on an important condition.

“For the two projects to operate concurrently in the same place runs into difficulties if it is not the same contractor,” he said. “The same contractor would be able to internally work out the timing and the space of the work. If [Sidney’s work] is a separate contract and [Ottawa’s work] is a separate contract, and you got to ask two primary contractors to get along, that might present some difficulties.”

Bruce said he remains hopeful that something could be worked out. If Sidney could do its work on the pond-facing side of the dam at the same time as the federal government, it would be unnecessary to fully drain the pond for a second time, he said.

Final designs expected for April are said to offer additional information about whether the projects will happen simultaneously.

Sidney has earmarked $900,000 for the remediation of the dam with the funds coming from some $1.9 million left from the sale of the municipality’s old fire hall and adjacent parking lots with $174,500 going towards design and the rest going to the actual dam construction work.

Estimates released in November peg the actual construction cost at $720,000 with refined figures not available until April 2020.

The status of Reay Creek and the pond created by the dam as fish-bearing habitat limits any work to a window open between June and mid-September.


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich is preparing to repave Quadra Street between McKenzie Avenue and Falmouth Road. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Repaving, culvert replacement begins on Quadra Street in Saanich

Lane closures, traffic impacts expected over several weeks

Langford Emergency Support Services marks its 25th anniversary this year.(Langford Emergency Support Services/Facebook)
Langford Emergency Support Services celebrates 25 years of community service

Group began in 1996 and was timely as a massive blizzard hit the region

James Taylor, a Saanich resident and member of the Curve Lake First Nation, walked all over Greater Victoria on May 5 in honour of Red Dress Day and the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Devon Bidal/News staff)
Indigenous man walks Greater Victoria to honour missing and murdered women and girls

James Taylor, of the Curve Lake First Nation, marks Red Dress Day with healing walk, songs

Victoria police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect after they allegedly robbed a Douglas Street bank on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Police seek identity of suspect who alllegedly robbed Victoria bank

Officers were called to a bank in the 1000-block of Douglas Street just after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of May 4

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: Do you plan to travel on the Victoria Day long weekend?

It’s the unofficial start to the summer season. A time of barbecues,… Continue reading

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
Clash between loggers, activists halts forestry operations over Fairy Creek

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

The courthouse in Nanaimo, B.C. (News Bulletin file)
Island man sentenced in Nanaimo after causing a dog unnecessary pain and suffering

Kiefer Tyson Giroux, 26, of Nanoose Bay, given six-month sentence

Following a one-year pause due to the pandemic, the Snowbirds were back in the skies over the Comox Valley Wednesday (May 5) morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Video: Snowbirds hold first training session in Comox Valley in more than 2 years

The team will conduct their training from May 4 to 26 in the area

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

Most Read